7 Things You Should Avoid When You Have Insurance

Friday, August 10, 2012

7 Things You Should Avoid When You Have Insurance

Insurance policies are contracts entered by individuals in order to compensate them in case any damage is inflicted to the insured item. Typically, insurance premiums are regularly paid in order to maintain the efficacy of the contract. When policyholders get insurance policies, there are several measures they need to avoid in order to fully enjoy the benefits of the policy.

1.       Entering into insurance agreements should not encourage policyholders to act recklessly around insured items like automobile, house, appliances and the like. Insurance does not give them the right to be negligent when using these items. Some insurance companies do not award reimbursement if the cause of the damage is the recklessness of the policyholder. Policyholders should ensure that they still employ safety measures when using these items in order not to damage them.

2.       Policyholders should avoid duplicating any insurance coverage over a specific insured item. Policyholders should always verify if their current insurance agreement have already included specific items in the coverage or not. This is to ensure that only one insurance agreement will cover the specific item. This is important in order to avoid paying the premium twice for the same insurance coverage. Duplicity of insurance contracts should be avoided since the policyholder will only get compensation for the damaged item as if there is only one insurance policy.

3.       Policyholders should avoid leaving their residence for more than a month. Leaving the house unattended for this period of time heightens the risk of theft and burglary. Since the house is unoccupied, the risk of damage because of calamities or accidents is also increased. There are insurance companies that disqualify the claims of policyholder when they discover that the house was left unoccupied for this long period of time.

4.       Policyholders should avoid hiding any pertinent material facts or make any misrepresentations to their insurance providers. Most insurance contracts often include warranty against misrepresentations made by their clients. Policyholders who misrepresent to their insurance providers often face claims disqualification because of the deliberate act of fraud. Aside from that, they can also be subjected to stiffer penalties if they are found to be violating any legal regulations.

5.       In case the insured item such as house structure or appliances have been damaged, policyholders should avoid any permanent repairs that can restore the insured item into its normal condition unless they have already obtained the insurer’s agreement. Most insurance companies need to inspect the damaged item in order to validate the claim and assess the value that will be paid back to the policyholder. Repairs should only begin after the insurance company representative has inspected the item.

6.       When it comes to automobile insurance quotes, policyholders should avoid making any promise of payments to third parties as this could compromise the arrangement with the insurance company. They should first consult with their insurance company before entering into a new arrangement with third parties.

7.       Lastly, policyholders should never file any false claims with the insurance provider. Insurance companies always conduct investigations in order to verify the authenticity of the claims filed to them by their policyholders. If the insurance company finds out that a policyholder falsified their claim, they can disregard the insurance claim and blacklist the policyholder. Blacklisted policyholders often have difficult time applying for insurance policies, since they have a record of unsatisfactory or fraudulent insurance history.

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